It might be better to backtrack just a little. I should have!
Rather than return the same way home by heading south through beautiful British Columbia, I travelled diagonally from Whitehorse to Winnipeg. It's all farm country, goes on for days (was it three or four or even more?), and is boring.
Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay is the biker choice for the most northerly bike journey, but I'm not sure why. The Dempster Highway (a gravel/shale 750 km track) from Dawson in the Yukon to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories gets you almost as far north.
The Dempster passes the burial grounds of the Lost Mountie Patrol and brings the traveller into contact with local Indians. Inuvik is the jumping off point to explore a few Arctic islands and remote villages by plane, all economically.
I loved the beauty and remoteness of the Dempster Highway, named after Cpl. Dempster who led a failed effort to rescue the lost mounties. It's a track that follows Cpl. Dempster's path and old Indian trails rather than being a road built for the oil industry.
[This message has been edited by ChicagoMike (edited 03 February 2006).]